Larger companies more likely to be using continuous delivery methods, research finds

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New data from DigitalOcean on developer opinion has gleaned interesting insights; company size is likely to dictate usage of continuous delivery solutions, while vendor lock-in and professional support were primary roadblocks for the rise of open source software adoption.

The figures come from the company’s latest quarterly report, Currents, around developer trends in the cloud, which polled almost 6,000 respondents.

The larger the organisation, the more likely you are to use a CI/CD system. 52% of those with 100-999 and 1000+ employees said they are using a continuous delivery process, compared with 35.3% for companies with five or fewer workers.

The majority of respondents said CI or CD helps review and deploy new code more quickly – what it’s essentially there to do – while other benefits cited included more harmonious teams, reduced workload, and meeting customer demands more easily. 43% of overall respondents who had not yet taken the plunge said they plan to but haven’t gotten round to it yet, while 26% said the system did not fit their workflow and 10% argued it was too complicated.

When it came to issues with the adoption of open source software, half of respondents cited the issue of vendor lock-in, ahead of lack of professional support (46%), and security concerns (35%). More than a quarter (28%) said they had not experienced any concerns.

81% of respondents said they were interested in learning about or trying AI and ML technologies this year, with the trends of most interest being automated machine learning (46%), sentiment analysis and natural language processing (21%), and hybrid or deep learning models (21%).

More than half (54%) of those polled argued the repeal of net neutrality by the FCC – covered in chapter and verse by sister publication Telecoms – would not particularly affect their work. Of those that did, however, more than a third said it would increase their technical and business expenses, with only 3% saying it would go the opposite way.

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